Archive for July 16th, 2010

Dark Nature

by on Jul.16, 2010, under Daily Review

Something a little different with a very familiar feel. I love holidays in the UK, and this film does wonders for the countryside, apart from it’s terrifying theme, it probably wouldn’t put me off my next holiday, but I’d always have this film lurking in the back of my mind.

A family head for the countryside for much needed holiday, visiting their old granny. The house is an amazing beautiful homely place on the coast, but they find their relative missing. It’s not long before a body or two turns up and the gardener is a psycho out on a save the planet crusade, slashing as he goes.

Director Marc du Launay has an interesting film here which isn’t without it’s faults, but its very nice to watch. It’s got a spark and a heart in the right place. A determination to make the film work, even though much of the plot is left as a vision in du Launay’s mind, what he actually manages to get on the screen looks great and honours the past, not only the horror side of things, but film making as a whole. I’m not saying this film doesn’t make sense, it does, but it’s got a few loose ends and ideas left unexplored. Some film makers can get away with this, but here, it feels a little exposed. Not a bad thing though, I actually found it endearing and arty. DP is Andrew Begg whose got a cracking eye and captures the scenery and beauty of the Scottish coastline. Begg is truly the strongest point to this film and i’m sure we’ll be seeing his name and work again.

Acting is where this film fails. Imogen Toner and Niall Greig Fulton stand out from the rest who are all pretty average, one or two are quite poor, but this could be down to du Launay’s lack of real experience, rather than actual acting ability.

The film has a nice pace about it, building slowly with a good finale. This is worth a look. I’ll be taking a second look at this one.

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